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Clinical Trial to Determine Tolerable Dosis of Vorinostat in Patients With Mild Alzheimer Disease (VostatAD01)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03056495
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified July 2019 by German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE).
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : February 17, 2017
Last Update Posted : August 1, 2019
University Hospital, Bonn
University of Göttingen
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)

Brief Summary:
This Clinical Trial is an open, non-randomized Phase Ib study to determine the maximal tolerable dose (MTD) of Vorinostat in Alzheimer disease (AD) patients between (including) 55 and 90 years with mild symptoms. The MTD in this study is defined as the dose that leads to maximum toxicity with Common Toxicity Criteria (CTC) grade 1 symptoms.The safety and tolerability of Vorinostat in this group of study participants should be tested.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Alzheimer Disease Drug: N-hydroxy-N'-phenyl-octanediamide (Vorinostat) Phase 1

Detailed Description:

The MTD of Vorinostat in the treatment of Alzheimer's patients is to be determined by using an open, non-randomized, multicentric dose-finding study with adaptive design. This Clinical Trial will take place in 2 parts.

The first part will be performed as a dose escalation part in cohorts of three subjects. Possible dosages will be: one, two, three or four capsules (100 mg per capsule) once per day. The first cohort receives a dose of 100 mg per day. After the treatment, a Vorinostat-free follow-up phase will take place. For the following cohorts, dose increases, a repetition of the previous dose or a dose reduction are possible.

After the dose escalation with a determination of the MTD, a dosage confirmation is carried out with additional subjects. The subjects are given a dose of Vorinostat of MTD over 4 weeks followed by a Vorinostat-free follow-up phase.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 44 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Multicenter, Open-label Phase Ib Dose-escalation and Dose-confirmational Study for the Tolerability and Safety of N-hydroxy-N'-Phenyl-octanediamide (Vorinostat) in Patients With Mild Alzheimer's Disease
Actual Study Start Date : September 28, 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date : January 2022
Estimated Study Completion Date : March 2022

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Drug Information available for: Vorinostat

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Investigational drug
N-hydroxy-N'-phenyl-octanediamide (Vorinostat) capsules once a day, three weeks of treatment; dose escalation with different dosages per cohort; One cohort of three subjects
Drug: N-hydroxy-N'-phenyl-octanediamide (Vorinostat)
N-hydroxy-N'-phenyl-octanediamide capsules once a day, three weeks of treatment; dose escalation with different dosages per cohort; One cohort of three subjects
Other Name: Vorinostat

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Determination of the maximum-tolerated dose (MTD) in elderly subjects during dose escalation [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

    A MTD is defined as the highest dose with no > grade 1 toxicity according to Common Toxicity Criteria (CTC).

    The dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) is defined as the dose, which leads with a 30% chance of toxicity to CTC Grade 2 or higher and / or leads to corrected QT interval (QTc)≥480ms and/or increase of QTc >= 50ms compared to baseline

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Incidence of treatment - Emergent Adverse Events (Safety) [ Time Frame: during dose escalation and during 4 weeks treatment with MTD every week ]

    The analysis of safety assessments will include the following data collected for each subject:

    - Adverse Events (AEs) in the context of Drug Exposure (days)

  2. Quantification of Vorinostat concentration in blood - pharmacokinetics [ Time Frame: d21 by 4 weeks treatment with MTD ]

    Blood and plasma area under the concentration time curve of Vorinostat from time zero to 8 hours postdose.

    The pharmacokinetic study will investigate the correlation between dose administered and concentration of Vorinostat in blood.

  3. association of alterations in the genome-wide transcriptome profile with the dose administered, toxicity and treatment response - pharmacodynamics [ Time Frame: d21 by 4 weeks treatment with MTD ]
    The genome-wide transcriptome profile will be determined as a pharmacodynamic surrogate parameter. Alterations between baseline and after dose administered will be compared. The pharmacodynamic study will investigate the correlation between dose administered, alterations in the genome-wide transcriptome profile as well as treatment responses (memory performance) and toxicities.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   55 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • written informed consent to participate in the study
  • verified capacity to consent by a doctor not involved in the study
  • mild Alzheimer's disease (NINCDS / ADRDA criteria and Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) 22-27)
  • age (including) from 55 to 90 years
  • subjects must be able to meet the requirements described in the study protocol
  • outpatient living
  • Informant lives with subject in the same household
  • Rosen modified Hachinski ischemia score ≤4
  • concerning only female patients: postmenopausal
  • concerning only male patients: commitment to use a suitable contraceptive
  • cerebral imaging study (CT or cMRI), which is consistent with a diagnosis of probable Alzheimer's disease (not older than 3 years)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • other neurological and psychiatric diseases explaining cognitive deficits better than an AD diagnosis
  • conspicuous MRI / CCT scan explaining the cognitive deficits better than an AD diagnosis
  • severe physical, neurological or psychiatric disorders that interfere with the participation in the study
  • history of malignant tumors except non- metastasizing basal cell carcinoma of the skin
  • history of seizures
  • dysphagia leading to the inability to swallow capsules
  • untreated severe acute infections with clinical symptoms such as respiratory infections, pneumonia, bronchitis, acute diarrhea, influenza, untreated urinary tract infections
  • in the family history, unexplained sudden cases of heart failure before the age of 50 years
  • long QT syndrome in the family history
  • evidence of QTc prolongation ≥480 ms at screening (Fridericia adjusted QT interval), of arrhythmias especially of severe uncontrolled ventricular arrhythmias or atrial fibrillation in ECG
  • not sufficiently treated angina
  • heart failure (NYHA III, IV)
  • myocardial infarction
  • known infection with HBV, HCV and / or HIV
  • occurrence of venous thrombosis or embolism
  • therapy with antidepressants begun in the last 12 weeks or dose modification of a pre-existing therapy with antidepressants
  • antidiabetic treatment begun in the last 12 weeks or dose modification of pre-existing antidiabetic treatment
  • long-term use of anti-inflammatory drugs except acetylsalicylic acid for cardiovascular prophylaxis
  • current treatment or treatment within the past 12 weeks with HDAC inhibitors (eg valproate)
  • taking medication that may increase the dose-dependent side effects myelosuppression or QTc interval prolongation.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Class Ia antiarrhythmic agents such as quinidine, procainamide, disopyramide
  • Class III antiarrhythmic drugs such as amiodarone, sotalol, ibutilide
  • Class Ic antiarrhythmics such as flecainide, propafenone
  • penicillamine
  • opioids such as methadone and pyrazolone derivatives such as metamizole and Propyphenazone
  • doxorubicin, epirubicin
  • macrolides and their analogues such as erythromycin, clarithromycin
  • telithromycin
  • oxazolidinones such as linezolid
  • quinolones such as moxifloxacin, levofloxacin
  • fluoxetine, maprotiline
  • tricyclic and tetracyclic antidepressants
  • chlorpromazine, pimozide, haloperidol, droperidol, ziprasidone and clozapine
  • antiemetics
  • azole like ketoconazole, fluconazole, voriconazole
  • aminocholine such as primaquine
  • pentamidine such as quinine, chloroquine
  • diaminopyrimidine such as pyrimethamine
  • salbutamol and formoterol methotrexate
  • azathioprine, cyclosporine Interferon gamma 1b
  • alemtuzumab, basiliximab, efalizumab, natalizumab
  • sunitinib, nilotinib, lapatinib
  • mitoxantrone, Hydroxycarbamide, mercaptopurine
  • taking of prescription and non-prescription drugs for cognitive enhancement (except cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine at a stable dose for at least 3 months before baseline)
  • therapy with anticoagulants except acetylsalicylic acid
  • HbA1c in screening more than 10% above the upper limit of normal
  • magnesium, sodium, calcium and potassium levels outside the normal range (at screening and baseline)
  • existing anemia with Hb <11 (at screening and baseline)
  • existing thrombocytopenia; platelet ≤150.000 / ul, leukocytes ≤ 3.000 / ul, neutrophils absolutely ≤ 1.500 / ul (at screening and baseline)
  • prothrombin or INR ≥ 1.5 above the laboratory limit of normal; PTT ≥ 1.5 x above the laboratory limit of normal (at screening and baseline)
  • clinically relevant renal and / or hepatic impairment at screening and baseline (total bilirubin ≥ 1.5 x above the upper limit of the norm and / or GPT, AST ≥ 4x above the upper limit of the norm and / or creatinine ≥ 1.5x above the upper limit of the norm and / or creatinine clearance <60 ml / min)
  • hematuria> 15 RBCs / mL at screening and baseline
  • proteinuria at screening and baseline except in asymptomatic urinary tract infections
  • participating in other clinical and therapeutic trials within the last 12 weeks

relevant only for dose confirmation:

  • subjects with existing contraindications for performing an MRI if no MRI available from the period of 6 months prior to screening
  • cardiac pacemaker
  • metal objects in the body, which exclude a 1.5 or 3 T MRI
  • claustrophobia

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03056495

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Contact: Sandra Kuhs, Dr. rer. nat. 0049-228-43302-846

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German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases Recruiting
Bonn, Germany, 53127
Contact: Anja Schneider, Prof. Dr. med.    0049-228-287-1137   
University Medical Center Göttingen, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Recruiting
Göttingen, Germany, 37075
Contact: Jens Wiltfang, Prof. Dr. med.    0049-551-3966601   
Sponsors and Collaborators
German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)
University Hospital, Bonn
University of Göttingen
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) Identifier: NCT03056495    
Other Study ID Numbers: VostatAD01
2014-005311-17 ( EudraCT Number )
First Posted: February 17, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 1, 2019
Last Verified: July 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Product Manufactured in and Exported from the U.S.: Yes
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Alzheimer Disease
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders
Antineoplastic Agents
Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action